Family days out in Argyll & The Isles

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  • Looking over golden forests and mist to the snow-capped summit of the mountain
    Ben Cruachan, north bank of Loch Awe, Argyll
  • flowery bushes border the grand drive up to the spledid, turreted castle
    Inveraray Castle, home to the Duke of Argyll
  • A group of children look on as a criminal trail from the 19th century is renacted in the Inveraray Jail courtroom, Argyll
    The courtroom at Inveraray Jail, Argyll
  • Twisted Tree at Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens, known as the mightiest conifer in Europe, Argyll & The Isles
    Twisted Tree at Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens

If you’re looking for a great range of activities that the whole family can enjoy, then Argyll & The Isles is the perfect place to visit. Whether you fancy uncovering the history of ancient castles or soaking up the atmosphere of beautiful gardens you’ll find plenty things to see and do here.

Have you ever wondered what life was like for prisoners during the 19th century? The torturous past of Inveraray Jail is brought to life through a living museum and visitor attraction which includes an 1820s courtroom and the real sights and smells of the time.

For more history and a chance to explore fantastic fortresses, head for the many castles across Argyll & The Isles. From the ruins of Carnasserie Castle to the impressive Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull, there are many castles which are guaranteed to inspire children of all ages.

There’s plenty activities to keep the children amused, come rain or shine. For something truly unique, head for Ben Cruachan where you’ll discover a power station one kilometre into the mountain. The massive cavern is high enough to house the Tower of London and the underground humid conditions mean that many subtropical plants thrive here. Discover how the huge turbines turn water into electricity.

Back in the great outdoors, explore Argyll & The Isles’ many beautiful gardens and green spaces which include Benmore Botanic Garden north of Dunoon, with its spectacular avenue of redwoods which greets visitors at the garden's entrance. The Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens at Cairndow is another beautiful garden and is home to one of Britain’s tallest trees.

There are also lots of opportunities to spot the region’s wildlife at nature centres and reserves.

Browse the listings for more great ideas of family days out across Argyll & The Isles.

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  1. Castle Lachlan

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    Monuments & Ruins

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    Strachur

    Discover the remains of the former stronghold of the MacLachlans, one of Scotland’s oldest clans.

  2. Toward Castle

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    Castles

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    Dunoon

    Explore the ruins of the former seat of Clan Lamont, one of the most powerful families in the history of west Scotland.

  3. Crinan Hotel Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Crinan

    The Crinan Hotel is situated on the banks of the Loch Crinan on the Argyll coast and its secret garden is located behind the hotel.

  4. Mccaig's Tower

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    Oban

    McCaig’s Tower is a prominent landmark in the resort town of Oban in Argyll on Scotland’s west coast.

  5. Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Tobermory & North Mull

    Welcome to The Old Byre Heritage Centre

  6. About Bute

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    Guided Walks

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    Port Bannatyne

    Welcome to About Bute

  7. Castle Sween

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    Castles

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    Tayvallich

    Discover the impressive remains of this once great castle believed to be one of the oldest in Scotland.

  8. Scottish Beaver Trial

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Lochgilphead

    The Scottish Beaver Trial has been responsible for reintroducing beavers 400 years after being hunted to extinction.

  9. Glenarn Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Mid Argyll, Kintyre & Islay

    Sheltered woodland garden overlooking the Gareloch with a Himalayan atmosphere, famous for its collection of rare and tender rhododendrons.

  10. Juno Design Gallery

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    Galleries

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    Dunoon

    Browse an extensive range of contemporary arts and crafts in this small gallery located in Dunoon on the breathtaking Cowal Peninsula.

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